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The Truman Show Set For TV

News has broken that Paramount have agreed to a new TV series based on the film The Truman Show. With other recent reports earlier in the week saying Paramount are looking to improve their TV shows’ quality, by launching new and high quality shows. This has started off by luring executives away from other companies so that more experience can be added to their television studios.

With the promise of fresh and original content from Paramount, it’s clear they may not want to delve straight in to an original idea, and instead take on a series based on the 1998 classic The Truman Show.

Directed by Peter Weir (Witness), and starring Jim Carrey, The Truman Show followed an insurance salesman/adjuster who discovered his entire life was actually a TV show. The Truman Show won critics’ and audiences’ praise because it made subtle references to how our own lives might follow a path where there is no such thing as coincidence. It was also ahead of its time, with the film accidentally predicting the phenomenon that is reality TV.

The Truman Show didn’t just cast social commentary on life and TV but it also took a stab at other films which use product placement for money; for example, Truman’s wife arrives home from work and announces that she just purchased some cutlery, holding it up to the camera like a TV advertisement – Truman looks bemused and replies “who are you talking to?”

So, with all the niggles the film wanted to point out, how can a TV series top that with its own take on a man trapped in a fake world?

First it’s going to need fresh ideas, because no-one can top, perhaps, Jim Carrey’s strongest performance to date, showing an eye for comedy and drama, under superb direction by Weir.

The only thing a TV series has going for it is the fact that it has more time to explore ideas and symbolism, perhaps really getting under the skin of what it is like to live every day in a paranoid state.

Another reason for a TV spin-off is because since 1998, technology has advanced, with new inventions of social media which could be used as a trope in the TV series, and how people on their social media websites react to the man being watched.

So there’s hope, but the shock of a man finding out his life is fake has been overused by now; so maybe ideas for the show need to be given time.

It seems in this day and age that films being made into TV spin-offs seem to be working – I mean, just look at recent successes such as Hannibal, Bates Motel, and Fargo. So if new and original ideas are floating around, then why not make Truman arrive on air?

Let me know what you think on the idea of a TV spin off.

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  1. timgruver

    Uuugh. Well, here’s to them at least doing it with a new character. Jim Carrey’s journey’s been long over. Hope they at least make this a mini-series at that, 8 seasons would be excruciatingly long to discover the lie we already know’s coming this time around. I suppose there’s potential if they handled a different reactionary approach to the backdrop, but I don’t know. . . not at all confident.

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